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I’ve migrated this blog to a so called self-hosted site - and you’ve reached the new improved version. If you find any glitches, or things missing, please let me know!

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New benefits:

  • Pinterest hover buttons added – quicker way to add an image to Pinterest – hold your cursor over an image and then click on the Pin it button that pops up in the top left. Most images should work.
  • Sidebar added to single page posts – making it easier for those directly linking to a post to navigate round the rest of the blog and also to see the subscribe options.
  • Continuous scrolling on home page – as you get to the bottom of the page, more posts will load, just like a Facebook newsfeed.
  • Added related posts feed – at the bottom of individual posts, including pictures, so that you can more easily find inspiration.
  • Updated font - to make text more readable on screen.
  • Custom page header images - just because I can and it looks pretty ;)
  • Instant Digital Download capability – now you can get instant access to digital downloads, no more time zone issues or waiting for me to send a link
  • New Workshop Calendar added to side bar – just click on the title to go to the workshop information and booking page.
  • Google AdSense advertising added – to support hosting costs – please let me know if you find any inappropriate adverts!


Rich Plum Elements (for Creative Expressions)

Rich Plum Elements I’m still working with the That Special Touch Art Deco Elements stencil for this week’s project. I’ve used the Cosmic Shimmer Rich Plum Sparkling Texture Paste, with the Cosmic Shimmer Vintage Plum Pearlescent PVA for the Watts-dots and finally mounted it all on Rich Plum card stock. Gorgeous, even though I do say so myself! Continue reading

Christmas Comes Early (for Craftwork Cards)

It’s another of my design team posts over at Craftwork Cards Blog today. Here’s a clickable gallery of the makes, and instructions are over at their blog.

 


Simply Stenciled Card (for Creative Expressions)

Simply Stenciled

I’m still playing with the stencils/masks from That Special Touch for my card this week – it’s the 6×6″ Art Deco Elements again. I wanted to make a classic white on kraft colour combo, and after a bit of trial and error, discovered that the Perfect Medium pad isn’t soft enough to get into the finer bits of the stencil. That’s where a piece of Cut ‘n’ Dry foam came in handy. I’ve also made a video of the process – I’m a bit rusty on the commentary side of things, my apologies. I’d love to know if you find the ‘live’ demonstration helpful.

And for the British spelling purists, this is also a stencilled card.

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St Nicholas Collection/House Shadow Box (for Jones Crafts)

Christmas for crafters starts soon enough, but for distributors and sample makers, it starts even earlier! This is the first of many I have been working on to be published – and is a little late as well. I blame the drying time… Anyway, enough of that, here’s Kaisercraft’s St Nicholas Collection of papers and stickers, their wooden snowflakes and laser cut tree, and House Shadow Box in a festive assemblage:

House Shadow Box

It’s a cracking set of double sided papers, some of which are designed to be backgrounds, others are vintage postcards and quotes ideal for cutting up and making into boxes, mounts and individual items for layouts. Others form great backgrounds for shadow boxes. The House itself is 30cm square with the roof on top and is pre-cut MDF which is easy to assemble. Here’s a gallery of close ups:

Other things you might need: Cosmic Shimmer Crystal PVA, Glossy Accents, Walnut Stain/Fired Brick/Peeled Paint Distress Inks to colour edges, Kaisercolor Raw Umber acrylic paint, Cosmic Shimmer Specialist Acrylic Glue, and Cosmic Shimmer Polished Silk Glitters for the tree. Oh, and lots of patience for all the cutting out!


Dainty Daisy Sparkling Plaque (for Creative Expressions)

Dainty Daisy Plaque

This 12×12″ canvas board plaque demonstrates the versatility of several Cosmic Shimmer products as well as the That Special Touch masks. Built up in layers, this is the perfect cool blue summer home decor piece to showcase your creativity with texture and bling!

For a full photo tutorial, click here.

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New Art Journaling Session Announced @The Studio

FB-ArtJournalI’m starting to plan more sessions and workshops in The Studio, and will be trialling a monthly Art Journaling Session from 7:30pm to 10pm on the first Monday evening of each month. It’s a time set aside for you to work on a visual journal, which might be a record of your day, or your experiments in artwork or sketching, a means to express yourself in a private way, or something to show off and share.

I have a number of Stampington Art Journal magazines and art journal reference books for inspiration, as well as a few of my own journals. As a taster, the first session in August will be free (but please still book so I know you’re coming) so that you can chat more about what art journaling is about and what might happen during the session. After that, each session will be £5 to attend, and will include use of some materials as well as refreshments.

Please book via the Workshops page (tab at the top, or click here). And do email or comment below if you have any queries.